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Ibiza + Mallorca Hotels

$300-$399
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Aguas de Ibiza Spa and Resort
9 Calle Salvador Camacho
Santa Eulalia del Río , Ibiza
Spain
Tel: 34 971 319 991
info@aguasdeibiza.com
www.aguasdeibiza.com/eng/

Recently taken over by the Hospes hotel chain, this 114-room resort oozes boutique chic, thanks to the vision of Barcelona-based design duo Kim Castells and Jordi Cuenca. Located northeast of Santa Eulalia del Río, it's a little difficult to find: As you leave town, follow the sign to Es Canar. The lobby's look—crushed-velvet sofas and glittering pewter-colored armchairs set against acres of glass and alabaster—extends throughout the rest of this designer pleasure palace. The same materials appear in the rooms, which are spacious and outfitted in cream tones, with huge windows, sundecks, and pretty, glittery mosaic bathrooms. The suite bathrooms have round tubs and are surrounded on all sides by floor-to-ceiling windows, giving wonderful sea views. Gourmet Ibicenco restaurant La Sal has Rococo-inspired tables and chairs, while in the Alabastro lounge, gray leather booths surround a retro circular bar. The relatively small garden terraces and half-moon pool are less exciting. The place to be is on the rooftop, cocktail in hand, enjoying the (child-free) plunge pool and spectacular views of Formentera.—Tara Stevens

$200-$299
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Aimia
1 Santa Maria del Cami
Port de Sóller , Mallorca
Spain 07108
Tel: 34 971 631 200
info@aimiahotel.com
www.aimiahotel.com

The first chic modern hotel in Port de Sóller, a beachside property next to the pretty, parochial Mallorcan town of Sóller, opened in June 2004. The somewhat sleepy burg hasn't been especially on the map, but this development may be a sign that this is about to change. Though the building is blocky to look at from the outside, the personal touch of the Alcover family brings a good deal of charm to this lovable little contemporary place. The 43 rooms have dark-stained wood and white built-in furniture, clean-lined tan and brown chairs and couches, individual climate control, phones, minibars, Internet, TV, bathrobes, and, in all but the standard rooms, balconies. There's a spa with St. Barth products, various hydrotherapies, steam, and massage, and a pool with a deck and Wi-Fi. The Airecel restaurant is the town's new hot spot. Viva la north coast. It also has a couple of attractive package deals, such as golfing and wellness weekends.

Closed Mid-November through January.

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Atzaró
Carretera Sant Joan, Km 15
Santa Eulalia del Río , Ibiza
Spain 07840
Tel: 34 971 338 838
agroturismo@atzaro.com
www.atzaro.com

This beautiful rural hotel, opened in 2004, is a restored 100-year-old farmhouse in a long, wide valley surrounded by rolling hills, fields of clover, and orange trees. The 10 rooms and 14 suites blend Ibicenco (meaning 'of Ibiza'), Arabic, and Asian styles: Some have white walls with wooden beams; others, polished tadelakt plasterwork from Morocco; and there are a number of teak Buddhas here and there, too. The suites have vast Balinese beds piled high with white linens and cushions, and Moroccan-style lounges built around real fireplaces. The spacious bathrooms have tadelakt walls, double sinks, showers, and in some cases, skylights that allow you to lie back in the tub and look up at the stars. All rooms have cable TV, iPod docks, and air conditioning. The spa combines Eastern and Western products and techniques and includes a sauna, hammam, and a 140-foot swimming pool. The combination of decor and luxuries creates a stylish and comfortable base 25 minutes from the towns of Santa Eulalia del Río and San Juan Bautista. Atzaró's big draw, however, is its gorgeous grounds: 25 acres planted with 4,000 orange trees and beautiful scented gardens; this is the place to find some inner—and outer—peace at the very heart of the island.—Tara Stevens

$200-$299
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Biniarroca
57 Cami Vell
San Luis , Menorca
Spain 07710
Tel: 34 971 150 059
Tel: 34 619 460 942 (mobile)
hotel@biniarroca.com
www.biniarroca.com

Located in the heart of Menorca's "Golden Triangle" (one of the island's most exclusive areas), Biniarroca is the creation of two British women (one an artist, the other a former fashion designer) and is the very antithesis of stark minimalism. The mood at this 18-room hotel reflects the owners' heritage, with chintzy lounge areas, pretty handmade quilts on the beds, and tea in the afternoons. The best rooms are the new garden suites that have private terraces, but if you are located in the main house, the gardens scented by tea roses and honeysuckle provide a labyrinth of hidden nooks and crannies to get some peace and quiet. Two Roman-style swimming pools guarded by marble maidens and inlaid with jade-green tiles ensure you're never crowded. A plus is the excellent restaurant, serving top-notch local ingredients, including figs, artichokes, Mahon cheese, and sobresada (Spanish-style soft 'salami').

$400 or more
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Cap Rocat
Ctra. d'Enderrocat S/N
Cala Blava , Mallorca
Spain 07609
Tel: 34 971 74 78 78
info@caprocat.com
caprocat.com/new

Complete with a drawbridge and crenellations, Cap Rocat occupies a former military fortress on a spectacular cliffside site on the Bay of Palma, a 20-minute drive from Mallorca's capital. Palm trees and gardens soften the imposing structure, and the 24 barrel-vaulted rooms and suites, once used to house munitions, are impeccably designed. A restrained color palette complements the elegant curves and furnishings: teak shutters, sofas upholstered in linen, exposed stone, vintage photographs of the island, and bathrooms with freestanding tubs. Each suite has its own patio, to which breakfast (ham, cheeses, pan con tomate, coffee, and orange juice) is delivered in a hamper; a pagoda with a view of the Mediterranean (and perhaps also of the next-door neighbors); and another terrace. Golf carts help guests navigate the grounds, which include clay tennis courts, a private beach, and a saltwater infinity pool that blends into the ocean. Evenings are best spent with an aperitif on the main terrace followed by a candlelit dinner at the Sea Club, whose authentic, organic Mallorcan fare is delicious, particularly the ox loin steak. The service, however, can be a little distracted.

$400 or more
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Castillo Hotel Son Vida
C/ Raixa 2
Urbanización Son Vida
Palma de Mallorca , Mallorca
Spain
Tel: 34 971 493 493
hotel-sonvida.com

When this hotel overlooking Palma de Mallorca—originally a private palace dating to the thirteenth century—first opened in 1961, it was an instant jet-set compass point. Over the following 20 years, it became a favorite of the blazer-wearing British gentry but gradually followed its clientele into a genteel senescence. Fast-forward to a recent $27 million top-to-bottom renovation that has produced lovely landscaping and 164 rooms done finca style in shades of caramel, curry, and butter with dark-stained furniture. The hotel has two gorgeous pools and two excellent restaurants, along with one of Spain's best golf courses. One gripe: Charging $39 for a day's Internet access is outrageous.

$199 or less
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El Paraiso Super Club
Playa Mitjorn , Formentera
Spain 07810
Tel: 34 666 559 027

Of all the islands, Formentera has the fewest options in terms of accommodation, but on the upside, it has the best in terms of beaches and unspoiled terrain. Aside from a handful of blocky resort-style hotels and the odd small hostel, there isn't a great deal to choose from. There is, however, El Paraiso Super Club (formerly Las Banderas)—an eclectic collection of beach bungalows on the beautiful Platja Mitjorn, which serve as three bedrooms for guests. It's pretty basic, with bohemian, 1960s-style decor and Morroccan lanterns, as well as outsize wicker furniture. For seasoned travelers who don't need all the frills, it has a lovely, unencumbered sense of style, but if you're after plush bathrooms and designer furnishings, it may seem a little rustic. A designer "beach hut" in Bali it is not. At night it has a magical vibe; by day it's pure chilled-out chic. The clientele: style-savvy and sun-kissed, with the odd celebrity looking to get away from the paparazzi glare.

Closed November to March.

$199 or less
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Finca Can Marti
Agroturismo
San Juan , Ibiza
Spain 07810
Tel: 34 971 333 500
info@canmarti.com
www.canmarti.com

If you want proof that there's more to Ibiza than foam clubs and 24-hour DJ sessions, look no further than this impeccably sustainable permaculture (beyond organic, en route to biodynamic), socially conscious agroturisme in a lush valley in the rural northeast. The Swiss family Brantschen fell in love with the derelict building and started meticulous renovations in 1994, eventually opening part of their home to visitors in 1998. Now there are four studios and independent houses to let decked out in imaginative but decidedly rustic Indian, Mexican, or Arabic style. Book here if you're in real need of rest and relaxation; there are few distractions on this 27-acre farm, apart from a couple of donkeys and some chickens, ducks, and geese. There's no swimming pool, no AC, no hair-dryers, no freezer, no TV, and emphatically no hunting. Mysteriously, there is an ISDN connection in every room. Peter Brantschen gives seven percent of all profits to third-world causes.

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Giri Residence Hotel & Spa
3-5 Calle Principal
San Juan , Ibiza
Spain 07810
Tel: 34 971 333 345
thegiri.com

With just five suites on the edge of the whitewashed village of San Juan, in the island's tranquil northeast, the Giri affords guests the lavish Ibiza villa experience without the need for a second mortgage. Despite its Spanish pedigree (it occupies a 150-year-old finca), the hotel has a Balinese look. Grounds are dotted with palms and gazebos, while inside, texture is a major design feature: The Almendra suite, for example, has driftwood walls, an antique carved wood door in the lounge, and a bathroom with stone basins, slate tiles, and a pebble-floor shower. The villa vibe extends to meals—you decide where and when you wish to eat: Share the inlaid-mother-of-pearl table in the casual dining room with young European honeymooners and music-industry Americans; snag a table by the 50-foot pool; or find a nook in the garden. Food quality is a bit uneven, ranging from an excellent gazpacho to a prawn cocktail that's too heavy on the mayo. Despite the small number of guests, the staff can seem a little harassed. Still, the artsy decor, a concierge who can arrange everything from Pilates instruction to private flights, and the spa make this a great—and refreshingly affordable—choice for a restful stay far from the megaclub mayhem.

$400 or more
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Gran Hotel Son Net
Calle Castillo de Sonnet s/n
Puigpunyent , Mallorca
Spain 07194
Tel: 34 971 147 000
info@sonnet.es
www.sonnet.es

Set on a hilltop in Mallorca's Tramuntana Mountains, overlooking the quaint town of Puigpunyent, Son Net was the first luxury country-house hotel on the island—and is still one of the finest. Once the private residence of American hotelier David Stein, the 17th-century manor was converted into a hotel in 1998. The 31 rooms and suites are built around an interior courtyard that retains its original well, and the interiors are full of Mallorcan charm, with period furniture and local fabrics. Some of Stein's modern art also graces the walls, including original works by David Hockney, Andy Warhol, and Marc Chagall. Be aware that the rooms vary greatly in size: The standard double is a bit tight and feels over-furnished, while the Presidential Suite is over 1,600 square feet, with two queen-size four-poster beds and a bathroom large enough to include its own sitting area, complete with sofa. In 2008, four garden suites and a shared pool were added in a secluded part of the grounds. Each suite has a private terrace with whirlpool tub. Chef Christian Rullan adds a modern touch to the Mallorcan dishes served in the Oleum restaurant, once an ancient olive-press room. Try the lamb from the Tramuntana served with rosemary and creamy Mahón cheese. Outside, there's a 100-foot infinity pool surrounded by private cabanas—it's also where the poolside Gazebo restaurant serves simple grilled meats, fish, and salads in the summer months.

$300-$399
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Hotel Can Simoneta
Carretera Artà-Canyamel Km. 8
Finca Torre Canyamel
Capdepera , Mallorca
Spain
Tel: (34) 971 816 110
Fax: (34) 971 816 111
info@cansimoneta.com
cansimoneta.com

Perched on the edge of rutilant cliffs and surrounded by 600 acres of farmland and pine forest, this small seaside hotel consists of Can Nofre, an old stone farmhouse, and Can Simoneta, built in 1812 to shelter an ailing priest for whom sea baths had been prescribed. The verdant grounds have a large infinity pool, an open-air living room, and private nooks for reading or sunning. The 16 rooms—which overlook fragrant meadows, a forest, and the sea—are stone-floored and simple, with updated comforts such as windows with shutters and screens (a rarity in Europe) and Internet access. When you want a break from the glorious isolation, join the throngs on Platja de Canyamels, the pretty public beach at the end of the garden.

$300-$399
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Hotel Espléndido
Es Través 5
Port de Sóller , Mallorca
Spain
Tel: 34 971 63 18 50
www.esplendidohotel.com

Swedish hoteliers Johanna and Mikael Landström have bull's-eyed every detail in their reinvention of this 1954 vintage seaside property, with dimmers on all lamps, a terrific CD/DVD library at reception, free Wi-Fi all over the 82-room hotel, and a great bistro that serves up yummy indulgences such as gazpacho, bacon cheeseburgers, and cheesecake. The beach is across the street; you can also snag a lounger on the terraced hillside above the hotel, which overlooks the Espléndido's two pools. There's a sauna and a hammam next to one of the pools, and the bar has become the town's hippest place to toss back an espresso and a hierbas (the local herbal liqueur) after dinner. Perhaps best of all, staff are warm, and this place draws a varied clientele, including young Scandinavian families, stylish French and Italian couples, and singles of all stripes. N.B.: The hotel has almost no parking, so use the free lot on the left as you're coming into Puerto Sóller.

$400 or more
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Hotel Hacienda Na Xemena
Calle de Eivissa
San Miguel , Ibiza
Spain 07815
Tel: 34 971 334 500
Fax: 971 334 514
info@hotelhacienda-ibiza.com
www.hotelhacienda-ibiza.com

In the north, perched far above the sea, is this self-consciously Zen deluxe haven. Its 65 rooms are incongruously handsome, with Balinese and Indonesian antique furniture and bedouin rugs; most of these have Jacuzzis at the very least, some on terraces, and a few have private pools, too. There's a new, classy spa, La Posidonia, with possibly the world's only treatments that take place in a network of little pools and waterfalls carved into the cliffs (a Talasso Lounge spa will be added this winter when the hotel is closed). Four good restaurants mean the well-heeled world-traveler guests need never leave the hushed enclave of calm and the heavenly views from the pool terraces.

Closed November to March.

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Hotel Maricel
11 Carretera d'Andtatx
Cas Català
Calvià , Mallorca
Spain 07181
Tel: 34 971 707 744
maricel@hospes.es
www.hospes.es/Hotels.aspx?m=2&hotelid=4§ion=11,1

Reopened in summer 2002 after architect Xavier Claramunt's rethink, this once-famous resort is a good compromise for those who can't quite decide whether they're club-haunting party dogs or pool-hugging chill-meisters—in other words, it's close enough to the burgeoning Palma scene for evening access, yet far enough away for escape. The neoclassical pillars and arcades, rows of wicker armchairs, travertine terraces, and stylish navy-blue infinity pool are all very grown-up—especially since children aren't allowed during the summer. Interiors of polished marble with high-beamed ceilings give a vague Renaissance-palace air that fades from memory once you reach the 29 beige-on-white rooms, with their Anglepoise bedside lamps, perforated wood headboards, and chrome-edged furniture. Pretty bathrooms pair claw-foot tubs and marble floors with steel shelving, but they suffer from Design Syndrome: space and utility sacrificed to good looks. This year the hotel will close from December 1 until February 1, while they add 24 additional rooms designed in a Mallorcan country-house style, with exposed stone walls. Each room will have a private terrace and pool.

$300-$399
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Hotel Sant Ignasi
Carretera Cala Morell
Ciutadella , Menorca
Spain 07760
Tel: 34 971 38 55 75
santignasi@santignasi.com
www.santignasi.com

Located down a long, secluded lane at the rugged northern tip of Menorca, this mansion nestles in a vast swath of ancient woodland. Dating back to 1777, the hotel has had a sympathetic restoration, with lots of original frills, such as the wrought-iron chandeliers, tiled floors, and elaborate cornicing, preserved. The antique-heavy bedrooms can feel a little austere, but many have private terraces with dream views over the distant rooftops of Ciutadella (Menorca's second, and many say prettier, city), glass-flat plains, and a big blue bay. Outside, a good-sized pool and plentiful sun loungers are perfect for long lazy days before heading into the town for dinner—or do as local foodies do, and linger over a gin and tonic in the comfortably cozy lounge and cocktail bar, and eat at Sant Ignasi's excellent restaurant (try the red mullet fried in olive oil, served with a salad of peppers, tomatoes, zucchini and potatoes).

Closed December 10 to January 10. Restaurant closed October through March.

$300-$399
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Hotel Tres
3 Calle Apuntadores
Palma de Mallorca , Mallorca
Spain 07012
Tel: 34 971 717 333
reservation@hoteltres.com
www.hoteltres.com

As the Casco Antiguo (Palma's old quarter) continues its gentrification, so the sleeping options become ever better. The Tres offers slick, high-quality, and comfortable accommodation, with 41 rooms ranging from good-sized singles with queen beds, through various spacious double options (some with terraces), to some pretty fabulous suites (the Grand Suite has a private roof terrace and hot tub). Decor is dazzling white with cowhide-covered furniture and rather erotic black-and-white photographs of various lady parts above the beds (not everyone's cup of tea, but subtle enough). The central courtyard is a lovely place to sit with coffee in the mornings, while the roof terrace (which also has a fun plunge pool), with views over Palma and the cathedral spires, offers a more dynamic option for an evening cocktail. There's a bistro with a light menu, open from noon to 10:30 p.m. every day, serving basic fare such as hamburgers, club sandwiches, salads, and desserts. It's also where you'll get a hearty breakfast buffet in the morning. But as you're surrounded by Palma's hottest restaurants and tapas bars, you're well catered for if you're looking for something more upmarket.

$400 or more
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Ibiza Gran Hotel
Paseo Juan Carlos I
Ibiza Town , Ibiza
Spain 07800
Tel: 34 971 806 806
info@ibizagranhotel.com
www.ibizagranhotel.com

This 157-room fortresslike property opened in 2008 in Ibiza Town's new Marina Botafoch neighborhood. It looks a little corporate at first, but step inside and you'll find a cool, clean, minimal space and an overriding sensation of space and light. Extraordinary works of art are dotted about the place, such as Korean artist Bahk Seonghi's Suspended Staircase, a charcoal-colored chandelier that hangs between three floors. Even the flower arrangements are sculptural and change weekly—past examples include pools of esparto grass and soaring cactuses. The huge rooms are done in Champagne hues and bespoke art pieces; all have private terraces, and the best have views of D'Alt Vila (the old town, only a ten-minute walk away) and the coast. All rooms have cable TV, a stereo, a DVD library, and mood lighting. Bathrooms have double sinks and whirlpool tubs with TVs. There's a restaurant, Costa Mara, which infuses typical Ibicenco and Mediterranean dishes with a modern twist; an enormous pool and spa are divided by a large lawn lined with fragrant lavender. For visitors seeking a high standard of comfort, the Ibiza Gran Hotel is hard to beat. If you want to fit in some clubbing, Pacha is across the street; if you don't, you'll be glad to know the club is hidden behind tall white-washed walls and the hotel is well soundproofed.—Tara Stevens

$200-$299
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L'Avenida Hotel
9 Gran Vía
Port de Sóller , Mallorca
Spain 07100
Tel: 34 971 634 075
info@avenida-hotel.com
www.avenida-hotel.com

Situated in the town of Sóller, L'Avenida is an elegant recent addition (March 2007) to the Mallorca scene. This eight-room hotel is located within the imposing walls of a century-old mansion house, but the look is very modern and chic, with judicious use of cool wallpapers, funky four-poster beds, animal prints, and modern tiling in the bathrooms. The best rooms have views over the inner courtyard and swimming pool, and balconies framed by pillars and gauzy drapes. All have free Wi-Fi access (available throughout the hotel and garden), DVD players, 28-inch plasma TVs, and music systems. The toiletries are blended in-house using herbs from the Tramuntana mountains and Mediterranean minerals. A hearty breakfast buffet is served, as well as cocktails around the gazebo-style swimming pool. There's also a smart, modern bistro serving inventive Mediterranean fare (warm goat-cheese salad with caramelized walnuts and cinnamon pears). L'Avenida also plans to open a spa in March 2008.

Closed November through February.

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La Residencia
Son Canals s/n
Deià , Mallorca
Spain 07179
Tel: 34 971 639 011
Tel: 800 237 1236
reservas@hotel-laresidencia.com
www.hotellaresidencia.com

Halfway along the island's northwest coast, the idyllic village of Deià has had more than its fair share of attention, thanks to longtime resident Robert Graves, the late poet-novelist. The immeasurable dose of culture chic he injected has by no means ruined the place, but it does continue to attract the throngs. And so has this grand retreat set in one 16th- and one 17th-century manor house on the edge of the village. The 67 rooms are gorgeously understated, with clay-tiled or carpeted floors, rustic local antiques, white slip-covered chairs, and wooden louvered shutters and beamed ceilings. A few suites include private terraces and pools. In August 2007, they will unveil eight new Tramuntana Suites, built above the hotel's spa, with views of the mountains and the village of Deià. Each suite will also have a private garden and private plunge pool. There are three restaurants (one open only in the summer), including the dressy El Olivo. The hotel also offers occasional recitals to take advantage of its rare 1887 Steinway grand. The nearest beach, by the way, at Lluc Alcari, is a few minutes' walk down a mountain path.

$200-$299
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Portixol
27 Calle Sirena
Palma de Mallorca , Mallorca
Spain 07006
Tel: 34 971 271 800
hotel@portixol.com
www.portixol.com

Located in the old fishing quarter of Palma—and now firmly established as one of the city's hottest barrios—the Portixol was instrumental in putting the area on the map when it was opened in 1999 by Swedish entrepreneurs. The sleekly minimalist 26 rooms, with Scandinavian design evident everywhere—blond wood floors, glass tiles in the bathroom, a simple palette of white with a splash of cornflower blue—make good use of the light that streams through every window. It also has some fun touches, like binoculars for watching the horizon. We like the spacious Mediterranean View rooms, with terraces facing south to the coastline. The lounge area and bar buzz with the gossip of fashionable long-weekenders from Scandinavia, Germany, and Britain. It also has a large pool area, a good restaurant serving modern Mediterranean dishes (baked cod with potato, sobrasada, and honey mash), and a spa with a wide range of treatments. The new Port House opened at the start of June 2007, offering two bedrooms, a lounge, and a kitchen for those looking for more freedom and privacy.

 

$300-$399
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Puro Oasis Urbano
12 Monte Negro
Palma de Mallorca , Mallorca
Spain 07012
Tel: 34 971 425 450
info@purohotel.com
www.purohotel.com

An 18th-century palace in the old town instantly became the center of Palma when it opened in spring 2004. Not only is there a vibe of Marrakech-meets-Goa-in-an-igloo (as in cool and white), but Puro has its own radio station and a beach club centered around an Art Deco building with chill-out music and yoga classes. Back in the hotel, the 51 rooms have parrot-feather lamps, doors of carved Burmese teak, leather ottomans, and Bose sound systems. Puro Oasis suites have vast brown slate bathrooms with sunken soaking tubs. Opio, the very, very white restaurant, does unapologetic fusion food (flash-fried foie gras with Japanese rice, avocado, poppy seeds, and honey-soy glaze), and its bar has a feathered ceiling. This much chill must surely burn out and melt. Or not. If you spot Jade Jagger over from Ibiza, the party's still on.

$200-$299
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San Joan de Binissaida
108 Camí de Binissaida
Es Castell , Menorca
Spain 07720
Tel: 34 971 355 598
santjoan@binissaida.com
www.binissaida.com

This lovely farmhouse, situated down a tree-lined lane, is a role model for the finest of the island's popular agroturismes (chic farmhouses). Surrounded by rolling countryside with views out to sea and pretty coastal walks all around, it's the perfect place to chill out for a day or two. There are only six rooms in the main house, including the spacious, two-bedroom Wagner Suite, which is great for families. There are also five rooms in a converted 19th-century barn with stone work and wooden beams. All rooms have Wi-Fi. Much of the social interaction takes place in the cozy living room, complete with generous sofas and rocking chairs; there's also a well-stocked games library, and the farmhouse even has its own chapel. The restaurant serves top-notch dishes, often made from its own home-grown vegetables and local fish, and is open to guests only, maintaining a family party feel. A large swimming pool with daybeds completes the zone-out experience.

Closed January to April.

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Son Brull
Pollença
Pollença , Mallorca
Spain 07460
Tel: 34 971 535 353
info@sonbrull.com
www.sonbrull.com

Opened in summer 2003, this exquisite rural 18th-century convent–turned–luxury retreat is yet more proof that Mallorca, and in particular the north, is becoming the place of places. The 23 rooms are carved out of generous white spaces striped with beams on the tall ceilings. Even the most modest grade has a Jacuzzi, Bang & Olufsen sound systems, DVD and CD players, and free Internet. Black and white soft furnishings and unobtrusive wood built-ins are cool backdrops to the gorgeous countryside views out the windows or from the terrace. In the acres of sculpted grounds are a pool with sybaritic patios and sun terraces and, of course, a spa. The restaurant, with its vaulted roof, old olive press, and menus based on organic local produce, provides destination dining for visitors from miles around (a typical dish would be roasted suckling pig served with sides of whole sweet potatoes and beet roots). Though it seems slick and runs like clockwork, Son Brull is the baby of a local family.

$400 or more
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St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca
Passeig Calvià s/n
Costa d'en Blanes
Calvià , Mallorca
Spain 07181
Tel: 34 971 629 629
reservas.mallorca@arabellastarwood.com
www.mardavall-hotel.com

Situated between the city of Palma and the Portals yacht harbor, the sprawling St. Regis resort, with its stucco exterior and barrel tile roof, opened in 2002. The hotel exudes pure Mediterranean glamour from the lobby—an all-white atrium with columns, urns, and huge windows facing the sea—onward. All 133 rooms and suites have a private terrace and views of the sea, thanks to the cliff-top location; the downside is there's no beach, but the three-tiered pool makes up for it. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and decorated in a palette of pale blue, cream, burnt ocher, and white. There's good gear, too: Bang & Olufsen flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, and free Wi-Fi. The marble bathrooms are large, with under-floor heating, oversize tubs, and separate shower. Dining options include Aqua, a rustic-style bistro, and the elegant Es Fum, which serves formal Mediterranean cuisine and enforces a dress code to match. There's underground access from the hotel to the 50,600-square-foot Arabella Spa, which has pretty much every treatment you can think of, including Thalasso, Anne Sémonin, and Ayurveda, as well as a traditional Chinese medicine clinic. All in all, the Mardavall is proof that big can be beautiful; unfortunately, it can feel a little impersonal, too.

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